Agartal: An organic certification agency will be established in Tripura to promote organic farming in the North Eastern state, a minister has said.
Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said the proposed agency will be responsible for all technological interventions related to organic farming and provide advice to farmers to switch to a new method of farming.
He said the agency will be established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
The minister said an area of around 2,000 hectares under organic cultivation in the North Eastern state will be increased to 21,000 hectares in the coming days.
Chowdhury said the government was working tirelessly to realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of turning the North East into a hub for organic agricultural produce.
Sikkim has already been declared the country’s first fully organic state.
Chowdhury said fresh vegetables and fruits produced in the ecological farming system will fetch a good price for growers.
He said Tripura will promote organic farming to double farmers’ income.
Once the agency is in place, native tribes will have no trouble getting notifications about organic farming, a Horticulture Department official said.